Takele Tadesse (Prof.)

President of Wolaita Sodo University
Wolaita Sodo University


Current Position at Wolaita Sodo University: 

 President of Wolaita Sodo University


1. Basic Info

Name: Professor Takele Tadesse (PhD)

Date of Birth: 27/09/1974

Place of Birth: Wolaita Zone, Ethiopia Sex: Male

Marital Status: Married

Nationality: Ethiopian


2. Address

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health

College of Health Sciences and Medicine Wolaita Sodo University

Cell: +251(0)930279109/+251(0)20256715

Email: takeletadesse1627@gmail.com

Wolaita, Ethiopia


3. Training/Degrees

    1. August 2010-June 2013: Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD). University of Gondar, Ethiopia. Focusing on Epidemiology of Tuberculosis: Epidemiology of Smear-Positive Tuberculosis and Barriers to Control Programs in Northwest Ethiopia with honor of very great distinction.

    2. September 2003-July 2005: Master of Public Health (MPH), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Focusing on work place health and safety: Prevalence and factors affecting work-related injury among workers engaged in Small and Medium-Scale Industries in Northwest Ethiopia with honor of very great distinction.

    3. September 1994-April 1997: BSc. Degree in Environmental Health, Jimma University, Ethiopia with honor of very great distinction

    4. September 1991-November 1993: Diploma in Environmental Health. Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia with honor of very great distinction

4. Work experience



Occupation or position held

March 2019 to present

Wolaita Sodo University

President of Wolaita Sodo University

July 2018 to February 2019

Wolaita Sodo University

Vice President for Research and Community Services

October 2017 to July 2018

Wolaita Sodo University

Director, University Industry Linkage and Technology Transfer

October 2016 to June 2017

University of Gondar

Vice President for Administration

January 2015 to October 2016

University of Gondar

Vice President for Research and

Community Services

September 2014 to January


University of Gondar

Director, Graduate Program Directorate

September 2013 to September


University of Gondar

Coordinator, Graduate Program office

October 2008 to October 2010

University of Gondar

Coordinator, Dabat Research Center

January 2006 to August 2007

University Gondar

Dean, Students’ Support Services

October 2001 to August 2003

University of Gondar

Head, Department of Environmental Health


5. Research Publications: Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Kevin C. Jiang, Ibrahim Mohedas , Gashaw Andargie , Mulat Adefris, Takele Tadesse , Delayehu Bekele, Zerihun Abebe , Ajay Kolli , Annabel Weiner: Assessing the Usability of a Task-Shifting Device for Inserting Subcutaneous Contraceptive Implants for Use in Low-Income Countries. Journal of Medical Devices; MARCH 2020, Vol. 14 / 011108-7

  2. Bikes D, Yigzaw K, Gashaw A, Takele T. Barriers and Enabling Factors Associated with the Implementation of Household Solar Water Disinfection: A Qualitative Study in Northwest Ethiopia The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 102, Issue 2, 5 Feb 2020, p. 458

  3. Tadesse T, Demissie M, Berhane Y, Kebede Y, Abebe M. Incidence of smear-positive tuberculosis in Dabat, northern Ethiopia. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis.2013 May; 17 (5):630- 5.doi:10.5588/ijtld.12.0449.

  4. Tadesse T, Demissie M, Berhane Y, Kebede Y, Abebe M. The clustering of Smear-positive Tuberculosis IN Dabat, Ethiopia. A population Based cross-Sectional Study. PLoS One. 2013 May 23; 8(5):e65022. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065022.

  5. Tadesse T, Demissie M, Berhane Y, Kebede Y, Abebe M. Long distance travelling and financial burdens discourage tuberculosis DOTs treatment initiation and compliance in Ethiopia: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2013 May 1;13: 424. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-424.

  6. Tadesse T, Demissie M, Berhane Y, Kebede Y, Abebe M. Two-Thirds of Smear-Positive Tuberculosis Cases in the Community Were Undiagnosed in Northwest Ethiopia: Population Based Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS ONE 2010, 6(12): e28258.

  7. Bikes D, Yigzaw K, Gashaw A,Takele T. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Mothers/Caregivers on Household Water Treatment Methods in Northwest Ethiopia: A Community-Based Cross- Sectional Study. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 97(3), 2017, pp. 918-926.

  8. Bikes D, Yigzaw K, Gashaw A,Takele T. The effect of SODIS water treatment intervention at the household level in reducing diarrheal incidence among children under 5 years of age: a cluster randomized controlled trial in Dabat district, northwest Ethiopia. Trials (2018) 19:412

  9. Tsegaye D, Abiy E, Mesele T, Tadesse T. Delay in seeking health care and associated factors among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in North Wollo Zone, Northeast Ethiopia: Institution Based Cross-sectional Study. Clinical Microbiology Archives of Clinical Microbiology Volume 7(3):17. April 2016. DOI: 10.4172/1989-8436.100046.

  10. Tesema C, Tadesse T, Gebrehiwot M, Tsegaw A, Weldegebreal F. Environmental and host-related determinants of tuberculosis in Metema district, northwest Ethiopia: Drug Healthc Patient Saf. 2015 May 27;7: 87-95. doi: 10.2147/DHPS.S82070.

  11. Gebregyorgis T, Tadesse T, Atenafu A. Prevalence of Thinness and Stunting and Associated Factors among Adolescent School Girls in Adwa Town, North Ethiopia.. Int J Food Sci. 2016;2016: 8323982. doi: 10.1155/2016/8323982.

  12. Gebregergs GB, Alemneh M, Koye DN, Kassie Y, Assefa M, Ayalew W, Temesgen C, Klinkenberg E, Tadesse T. Poor symptomatic tuberculosis screening practices in a quarter of health centres in Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Public Health Action. 2014 Dec 21;4 (Suppl 3):S8-S12. doi: 10.5588/pha.14.0053.

  13. Berhane Y, Worku A, Demissie M, Tesfaye N, Asefa N, Aniemaw W, Weldearegaw B, Kebede Y, Shiferaw T, Worku A Olijira L, Merdekios B, Ashebir Y, Tadesse T, Dessie Y,Meseret S, Ayele G. Children Who Received PCV-10 Vaccine from a Two-Dose Vial without Preservative Are Not More Likely to Develop Injection Site Abscess Compared with Those Who Received Pentavalent (DPT-HepB-Hib) Vaccine: A Longitudinal Multi-Site Study. PLoS ONE 2014, 9(6): e97376.

  1. Tadesse S,Tadesse T. Treatment success rate of tuberculosis patients in Dabat, northwest Ethiopia. Health 2014, 7:75.

  2. Mengesha B, Endris M, Takele Y, Mekonnen K, Tadesse T, Feleke A, Diro E .Prevalence of malnutrition and associated risk factors among adult visceral leishmaqniasis patients in Northwest Ethiopia: a cross sectional study.. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Feb 4; 7:75. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-75.

  3. Sebsibe T, Takele T. HIV co-infection among tuberculosis patients in Dabat, northwest Ethiopia. Journal of Infectious Diseases and Immunity 2013; 5:29-32.

  4. Senbeto M, Tadesse S, Tadesse T, Melesse T Appropriate health-seeking behavior and associated factors among people who had cough for at least two weeks in northwest Ethiopia: a population- based crossing-sectional study.BMC Public Health. 2013 Dec 23;13: 1222. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458- 13-1222

  5. Kebede Y, Melese T,Tefera Y, Awoke T,Meseret S, Gebeyehu A, Negesse D, Degu G, Mekonnen S, Megabiaw, Azmeraw T, Andarge G, Yifru S, Kassu A, Abula T, Admassu M, Alemu S, Tadesse T, Getachew A, Wassie B, Amsalu S, Alemu K, Wubshet M, Yitayal M. Population dynamics in Dabat District, Northwest Ethiopia: Four years surveillance report of the period 2008 to 2012 . Ethiop. J. Health Biomed Sci., 2014 .

  1. Mekonnen H, Tadesse T, Kisi T. Malnutrition and its Correlates among Rural Primary School Children of Fogera District, Northwest Ethiopia. J Nutr Disorders Ther 2013;S12: 002. doi:10.4172/2161-0509.S12-002.

  2. Sebsibe Tadesse, Takele Tadesse. Evaluating the performance of interpreting Verbal Autopsy 3.2 model for establishing pulmonary tuberculosis as a cause of death in Ethiopia: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2012; 12:1039.

  3. Tadesse T, Getachew A, Admassu M, Kebede Y, Awoke T, et al. Demographic and Health Survey at Dabat district in northwest Ethiopia: report of the 2008 baseline survey. Ethiop. J. Health Biomed Sci., 2012. Vol.4.Special Issue.

  4. Ayenew F, Tadesse T,Azale T. Alcohol and khat use as risk factors for HIV infection among visitors of VCT centers in Northwest Ethiopia.” Trop Doct. 2012, 42(2):99-100.

  5. Tadesse T, Kumie A. Prevalence and factors affecting work-related injury among workers engaged in Small and Medium Scale Industries in Gondar Wereda, North Gondar Zone, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia .Ethiop. J. Health Dev.2007; 21(1): 25-3.

  6. Gizaw Z, Yifred B, Tadesse T. Chronic respiratory symptoms and associated factors among cement factory workers in Dejen Town, Amhara regional state, Ethiopia. Multidiscip Respir Med. 2016 Mar 1;11:13. doi: 10.1186/s40248-016-0043-6.

  7. Aderaw Z,Engdaw D, Tadesse T. Determinants of Occupational Injury: A Case Control Study among Textile Factory Workers in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia. Journal of Tropical Medicine 2011, doi:10.1155/2011/657275.

  8. Tadesse M, Tadesse T, Hardeep RS , Getachew A, Admassu M. Prevalence of needle-stick injuries and associated factors among health care workers at Hawassa Town, South Ethiopia. Ethiop. J. Health Biomedical Sci.2010; 2(2): 1-7.

  9. Hardeep RS, Susila Appadurai, Wubshet M, Tadesse T. Occupational Exposures and related health effects among construction workers. Ethiop. J. Health Biomedical Sci,.2008;1(1):41-46.

  10. Tadesse T et al. High Level of Antimicrobial Resistance in Shigella Species Isolated from Diarrhoeal Patients in University of Gondar Teaching Hospital, Gondar, Ethiopia. Pharmacology online. 2008; (2):328-40.


6. Professional and Community Engagement Activities

  1. Teaching Epidemiology, Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative methods) and Principles and Practices in Public Health since 2013.

  2. Provided training on Substance abuse prevention and control, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia, 2018.

  3. Provided training on reusing liquids and solid waste materials for environmental protection and its implication on epidemics, Wolaita City, Ethiopia, 2018.

  4. Provided training to deliveryellow fever vaccination campaign in Wolaita Zone. Ethiopia, 2018

  5. Provided training on communicable disease at high schools in Sodo City, Wolaita Zone, Ethiopia, 2018.

  6. Provided awareness creation training drug abuse for high school students in Sodo town, Ethiopia, 2018.

  7. Delivered basic first aid training which was held at College of Health Sciences and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia, 2018.

  8. An active member of SANITA Green Club of the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2017

  9. Participated in the implementation ofcommunity service project entitled: ‘Making Maraki sub-city Administration a model sub-city administration in Gondar’, Ethiopia, 2015.

  10. Provided training on Integrated solid waste management systems capacity building for waste handlers, health care workers and other stakeholders, Gondar City, Ethiopia, 2014.

  11. Coordinated the training on Grant Writing and Project Management, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia, 2018.

  12. Organized and facilitated training on Academic writing Academic Publication and Journal reputability, Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia, 2018.

  13. Reviewer for Ethi,J Health and Biomedical Sciences, University of Gondar, 2011-2017

  14. Contributed to effective implementation of the Science , Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach program, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2016.

  15. Coordinated One Health Summer Institute Trainings , University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2015.

  16. Actively participated in the implementation of Team Training Program, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 1999-2017.

  17. Participated as a coordinator in the supporting student service development project , University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2015.

  18. Actively involved in the Situational Analysis of Urban Sanitation and Waste Management: The Structural, Socio-Economic, Cultural and Political/Institutional Dimensions. John Snow Inc. (JSI), 2014.

  19. Lead consultant, on Work Improvement in Neighborhood Development Project (WIND): Improving productivity and quality of cotton product through improving occupational health and safety conditions of Small Scale Farmers in Metema Wereda,North Gondar Zone, Amhara Regional State ,in collaboration with International Labor Organization(ILO) ,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2006.

  1. Lead consultant, Program Acceleration Fund Assessment of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Implementation Status of Amhara Regional State, in collaboration with Medical Emergency Services, Consultancy and Training Private Limited Company. Nov 2007 to Apr 2008.

  2. Participated on Postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students research project mentoring training organized by the University of Gondar, Gondar Ethiopia, May 2013.

  3. Participated on Writing and Publishing Health Research training organized by Addis continental Institute of Public Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 2013.

  4. Participated on ‘ARC GIS Version 9.3’ training organized by Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Ethiopian, Adama, Ethiopia, July 05-16,2010.

  5. Participated on ‘STATA Version 11’ training organized by Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Ethiopian. Debreziet, Ethiopia, August 31-Septmber 10,2009.

  6. Participated on ‘Longitudinal Database Management using Household Registration System Version 2 Software’ training organized by Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Ethiopian. Bahirdar, Ethiopia, October 30-November 9, 2009.

  7. Participated on ‘Demographic Surveillance System Project Planning and Administration’ training organized by Addis Continental Institute of Public Health in Collaboration with The Ethiopian Public Health Association, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, January 13-15, 2009.

  8. Participated on ‘Occupational Safety and Health Inspection Systems’ training organized by International Labor Organization in International Training Centre, Turin, Italy, July 13-24, 2009

  9. Participated on Improving the Management and Leadership Capacities of University of Gondar through staff shadowing and coaching arrangement with Leister University, UK, November 3-18, 2007.

  10. Participated on Leadership Development Program training, jointly conducted by Staff Development Centre of University of Leister and University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia, July 23-25, 2007 and October 16-18, 2007.

  11. Participated on Total Maintenance Management training organized by Ethiopian Management Institute, Debreziet, March 11/2002 to March 29/2002.

  12. Participated on Teaching Methodology Training organized by the Carter Center/EPHTI. Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia. July 16-27, 2001.

  13. Participated on Computer Training organized by Gondar College of Medical Sciences-Gondar, Ethiopia, September 20, 1999 to March 1, 2000.

Participated on Teaching Methodology training organized by the MOH of Ethiopia, November 13, 1995 to January 5, 1996.


7. Membership in a professional organization

    1. Lifetime member of the Ethiopian Public Health Association of Ethiopia.

    2. Lifetime member of Environmental Health professionals Association of Amahra Regional State.

    3. Lifetime member of the Ethiopian Red Cross Association of North Gondar Zone, Gondar Town Branch.

8. Other skills and interests

    1. Basic computer skills on MS WORD, MS EXCEL, MS ACCESS, and Power Point.

    2. Programs on data management and analysis like, EpiInfo, SPSS, STATA, ARC GIS, and SaTScan.

    3. Driving car.

9. References

  1. Samuel Urkato (PhD): Minster, Ministry of Mine and Petroleum , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Mobile: +251911960789; Email: samatouk@gmail.com

  2. Asrat Atsedeweyn (PhD):President, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia Mobile:

                  +251930001197 ; Email: asrat07@gmail.com

  1. Professor Yemane Berhane: Director, Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mobile: +251(0)920256715; Email: yemaneberhane@gmail.com